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Kurt Ernst, Contributor

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Kurt has been fascinated by anything with wheels and a motor for a long time. Growing up, he spent his spare time turning wrenches and pumping gas in the family garage, back when hand tools were used to tune cars. After college, he spent a year racing cars, only to learn that he was neither fast enough to get rich nor rich enough to get fast. These days, he spends his time as an automotive writer and a self proclaimed "Cro-Magnon Renaissance Man".

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  • If someone ever invents a time machine, we’re inclined to head back to 1991. The Cold War was over, the U.S economy was healthy, real estate still appreciated in value and the quickest car in...

  • A Few Thoughts On Moving On

    I began writing for High Gear Media in April of 2011, and since that time I’ve penned some 2,944 articles for Motor Authority, Green Car Reports and The Car Connection. I’ve driven some amazing cars, seen some amazing places and met some truly amazing people over these past two years...

  • MINI Introduces The MINI Performance Motoring School

    Buy a BMW, and you can sign up to attend the BMW Performance Driving School. Buy a Mercedes-Benz AMG, and you can register for the AMG Driving Academy. Choose a Porsche, and you can hit the Porsche Sport Driving School. These are hardly your only factory-backed options, as nearly every manufacturer...

  • Spyker Confirms The B6 Venator Is Production-Bound

    When Spyker showed its B6 Venator concept at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, it was easy to write off the shapely coupe as just another design exercise from a company struggling to find its niche (and even stay afloat in a changing market). The response to the B6 Venator, however, was...

  • Williams F1 Appoints Claire Williams As Deputy Team Principal

    The Williams F1 Team has announced that Claire Williams, daughter of Team Principal Sir Frank Williams, has been appointed to the newly-created position of Deputy Team Principal, effective immediately. In this new role, Claire Williams will work alongside her father in running the day-to-day...

  • Lexus Trademarks "GS F" With US Patents And Trademark Office

    Rumors of a Lexus sports car carrying the GS F banner have been circulating since 2010 or so, at times producing details like “it will come to market with a supercharged V-8,” or “it’s getting an all-new V-8.” While no GS F has yet materialized, the 2011 debut of the...

  • Every year, an international panel of automotive journalists selects the best cars in the world under various categories, handing out its awards at the New York Auto Show.

    Atop the hierarchy is the...

  • Mark Martin To Sub For A Recovering Denny Hamlin

    When Denny Hamlin’s number 11 Toyota hit the inside wall of the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, following contact with Joey Logano, it was clear that the impact was a big one. The inside wall lacked a SAFER energy-reducing barrier, and the crash was severe enough to lift...

  • BMW M Performance Wants To Make Your 2012+ 335i Faster

    BMW’s M Performance bits can help enhance the driving experience for owners of late model BMW vehicles. Previous M Performance offerings have included suspension enhancements, performance exhaust systems, aerodynamic body bits and even an M Performance Electronic Steering Wheel with Efficient...

  • 2013 Subaru WRX Concept: New York Auto Show Live Shots

    We’ll warn you in advance that the 2013 Subaru WRX Concept displayed at this week’s New York Auto Show may or may not be what the final product looks like. Subaru is hedging its bets, saying only that the show-stopping concept represents its “new design language” for the...

  • 2014 Porsche 911 GT3: Live Images From New York

    Sure, we’ve previously covered all the details on the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and we’ve even brought you live images and video from the car’s global debut in Geneva. Why are we bringing you more live shots from this week’s New York Auto Show, then? Because Porsche street-legal...

  • Kia Reveals Its Cub Concept At The 2013 Seoul Motor Show

    Though the Seoul Motor Show may not draw the same attention as the (simultaneous) New York Auto Show, it’s still an important home market event for Korean automaker Kia. On Monday, we brought you a teaser image of the brand’s latest concept, the Kia Cub four-door coupe, set to be...

  • In the old days, SUVs were crude, truck-derived vehicles, purchased by those with a need to go where the busses don’t run, or a need to get from point A to point B regardless of weather....

  • 2014 Scion tC Revealed In New York

    The Scion tC coupe accounts for a staggering 40-percent of Scions sold since the brand’s introduction in the U.S. market 10 years ago. Though sales of the tC have fallen in recent years, the model is still a significant one for the Scion brand, and the Japanese automaker hopes that an all-new...

  • 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Bows In New York

    If the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid looks familiar from the outside, it should; after all, it’s been on the market as the Infiniti JX35, sans the hybrid drivetrain, since last year. Remember when Infiniti went through its alphabet soup naming exercise? The JX35 is now the QX60. What’s new...

  • Kia Bares Its (2014) Soul In New York, Complete With Live Photos

    Though Kia has, on occasion, missed the mark with vehicles in the United States (such as its Borrego SUV), there’s no denying that its Soul “urban passenger vehicle” is a solid hit that seems to defy demographics. Though pitched at Millennial buyers, we’ve seen plenty of...

  • Volvo V60 Confirmed For The U.S.

    Once, Volvo wagons roamed the U.S. landscape, shuttling families to and from soccer practice and Boy Scout meetings in the days before SUVs and crossovers. Volvo even managed to carve out a niche in the performance wagon segment with its Volvo Turbo Wagon, boasting that until Ferrari built a wagon...

  • 2014 Jaguar XJR: New York Auto Show Live Images

    Jaguar’s full-size XJ sedan has long been big on comfort, but it isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “sport sedan,” even in Supercharged form. Jaguar is looking to correct that with the launch of its 2014 XJR, which promises to serve up equal...

  • Subaru has gone to some length to separate the WRX from its former pedestrian platform-mate, the Subaru Impreza. In 2012, Subaru dropped the Impreza name from the WRX and introduced an all-new...
  • Volkswagen Debuts 2015 GTI And Golf In New York

    American consumers will need to wait until next year to buy a 2015 Golf or GTI at their Volkswagen dealer, but New York Auto Show attendees can see the Mark VII models in the flesh (or in the sheet metal, actually). Volkswagen’s latest Golf models will use the modular MQB platform, and North...

  • DTM Racing Coming To North America

    If you’re a fan of European racing, you’re certainly familiar with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (German Touring Car Masters) series, or as it’s more commonly referred to, the DTM. Like our own NASCAR Sprint Cup series, its concept is relatively simple: race V-8-equipped...

  • Rolls-Royce Bringing Art Deco To The Bangkok Motor Show

    At last September’s Paris Auto Show, Rolls-Royce Bespoke introduced a series of cars influenced by the Art Deco movement. On display in its Paris booth were Art Deco Ghost, Phantom and Phantom Drophead Coupe models, which Rolls Royce agreed to build as limited-production special editions...

  • Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Appearance Package Announced

    At last weekend’s Eighth Annual LX Spring Festival, SRT head Ralph Gilles revealed a new appearance package option for the 2013 and 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8. Dubbed the “392 Appearance Package,” it will be priced at $2,495 and offered on a limited basis for both years. How limited?...

  • Ram Considering A Production Ford SVT Raptor Rival

    There’s no doubt that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has been an out-of-the-park home run for Ford’s performance brand, racking up more sales than any other model in SVT’s history. Blame it on America’s love for pickup trucks, or blame it on our fear of societal collapse, but the...

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